Treating Arthritis in Aging Adults Through Water Exercises

December 28, 2017


The Mayo Clinic recommends that people who suffer from arthritis exercise in addition to the treatment programs determined by the medical professionals they are working with. The healthcare organization suggests that range-of-motion, strengthening and aerobic exercises are crucial in improving join pain and stiffness. But for patients, the pain alone can often be discouraging when attempting to lead an active lifestyle.

People become approximately one tenth of their body weight when in the water. At the same time, the water provides approximately ten times the resistance when someone exercises in it. Although people with arthritis tend to become less active because of pain and discomfort, the water allows the muscles to relax more easily and become more flexible for stretching.

Water aerobics classes focus on enhancing the balance and strength of participants and maintaining movement in their joints. Though arthritis is not fully preventable, those suffering from it can control or lessen symptoms with movement.

To maintain safety and minimize health risks, it is always recommended that you consult with your physician prior to starting a new exercise program, to discuss the symptoms you have been feeling from arthritis and to determine if this is the best course of action for you.

Others who may benefit from water exercises are those recovering from knee replacement, hip replacement or other similar surgeries. Medical professionals say that with any replacement, a higher level of mobility translates into a speedier recovery, since the strengthening of the surrounding muscles, which support the knee and/or hip area and makes tendons more flexible.

Along with the aspect of helping with balance, flexibility, and strengthening through movement, and helping to reduce symptoms, joining a water aerobics class provides a great way to socialize, which can be a motivating factor for many aging adults. Those who join these types of classes tend to provide great support to each other.